Monday, December 24, 2012

Cakes Of Your Dreams

Cakes of Your Dreams offer a large range of wedding cakes, from a mouth-watering, chocolate ganache-covered cake with fresh rosebuds, to a tower of cupcakes decorated with flowers and butterflies, to luxurious, multi-tiered wedding cakes that will have your guests talking about your wedding for years to come. 

All of their delicious, premium quality cakes are handmade from scratch, and use only quality ingredients, from coverture chocolate, unsalted butter and free-range eggs, to pure fresh cream, liqueurs and roasted nuts.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas... From The Bride's Diary

The Bride's Diary Team extends our very best wishes for the Festive Season, to all our members and clients. We truly hope you have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year celebration.

We look forward to a wonderful 2013, and can't wait to bring you more exciting new additions to our publications and online features! Also, we will be launching a brand new website for The Bride's Diary – with a new design, fabulous content and so much more, all will be revealed shortly!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in The Bride's Diary, The Groom’s Diary, Wedding Celebration, Weddingstar and Giftstar. And once again, have a wonderful festive season.

Warm regards, The Bride's Diary Team

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Rockstars and Royalty

British designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan has over 13 years’ experience designing and making gowns and corsets and launched Rockstars and Royalty in 2007, much to the delight of many Australian brides.

Vicky specialises in corsetry which she incorporates into her elaborate one-off designs to produce breathtaking gowns that make every bride feel like royalty. Whether you’re after classic ivory or bold colour, vintage Hollywood glamour or rock star extravagance, Vicky will create a gown that reflects your personality and is uniquely yours. Having a Rockstars and Royalty gown made is a true couture experience. Every gown is designed, cut, sewn, fitted and hand finished by Vicky in her Canberra studio.

Vicky also designs and makes fascinators, veils, jewellery and accessories and can add embellishment to your own gown.

Visit Rockstars and Royalty, or stop by their page on Facebook –

Friday, December 14, 2012

First Class Chauffeured Cars

First Class Chauffeured Cars, Canberra ACT offer an affordable wedding car and end of year formal hire car service that is second to none. 

They offer a range of contemporary European styled wedding and formal hire cars including Chrysler 300Cs and BMWs for you to choose from. Let the experienced team of professional chauffeurs provide that exceptional wedding and school formal car hire service you deserve on your special day.

First Class Chauffeured Cars prides itself on its wedding service and believe they offer the best wedding hire car service in Canberra. They understand how special your wedding day is and by choosing First Class Chauffeured Cars, you can expect a quality service to match your needs. They pride themselves not only on their quality vehicles but also their professional chauffeurs. The chauffeurs are friendly, courteous and well-presented in suit and tie.

First Class Chauffeured Cars have a range of affordable wedding packages available including red carpet arrival, white satin ribbons, tyre cover, premium beverages and light refreshments. Al packages are tailored to suit your needs. Servicing Canberra, Sydney and surrounding areas.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Real Life Wedding: Mai-Linh and Alastair 22.09.12

Photography by ESH Photography
Yes, this is the story of the “college sweethearts”. Mai-Linh and Alastair met over ten years ago where they first became friends, then quickly the best of friends, which bloomed into love. All the way back then, they had known they were each other’s world and that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together.

Time, as it does, passed as usual until one day, under the guise of a ‘birthday surprise’ (even though it was months away) Mai-Linh was woken in the middle of the night and whisked away on an exotic island getaway to Vanuatu. Alastair, the brave man he was, had even dared to pack her bags for the entire trip! They ended up having a romantic, candle-lit dinner on the resort’s glassed-bottomed jetty and that was where, down on bended knee, Alastair's question was popped.

After many months of waiting and endless planning, the big day had arrived. As the couple exchanged their vows, seven empty and open birdcages nestled amongst the background trees swung lazily in the breeze. Each one stood to represent the milestones and dreams which Mai-Linh and Alastair had achieved together so far. One cage, which had been separated from the others, remained closed and contained two white doves. This cage was simply labelled with the word “marriage”. As the bride and groom released the doves, their family and friends bore witness to the symbolic gesture which heralded the beginning of their marriage. Mai-Linh and Alastair were finally man and wife!

The theme for this beautiful Canberra wedding, 'birdcages and birds', drew style inspiration from vintage, fresh, rustic, and most importantly, personal elements. The colour palette was inspired by the hydrangea – purples, white, lime green and light brown. 

Mai-Linh and Alastair were married at Lennox Gardens on Saturday 22nd September, and the reception was held at the Gordon Darling Hall of the National Portriat Gallery, with 168 of their closest friends and family.

The photography was believed to be the most important element of the wedding for the couple, as they both have a love and passion for photography. ESH Photography was "just what they needed",  said bride Mai-Linh. "Emily (from ESH Photography) captured beautiful images of the day without being obtrusive or having to force us to create them ourselves. The inspiration for having a location shoot around a merry-go-round was the romantic imagery that came with it, along with the motion and color of the carousel. We then wanted to contrast that with some simple, rustic, nature shots."

Photography by ESH Photography
Visit ESH Photography for more stunning images.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Manuka Flowers

Let Manuka Flowers finish off your very special day with their very special touch. 

Their qualified designers pride themselves on their excellent personal service and attention to detail. Manuka Flowers staff spend time with their brides and consult with them throughout the wedding preparations, to make sure that even the smallest details are just right. 

Manuka Flowers cater for any size wedding, from the most intimate gathering, to large and extravagant events. Whatever your style or theme – young and funky, traditional and elegant, or simple and stylish – their ideas are endless. They will design a package to suit your budget. By appointment only.

Manuka Flowers make perfect wedding flowers for any size wedding:
  • Bridal Pary
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Hire of glassware, pedestals & urns 
  • Packages from $460
  • Quotes by appointment
Visit Manuka Flowers

Friday, December 7, 2012

Amanda Fintan Photography

If you're looking for a relaxed, down to earth and talented photographer, then you can't look past Amanda Fintan Photography. Amanda is passionate and loves what she does! She immediately puts people at ease, allowing the photos to look natural and happy. 

Amanda captures the special moments from your magical day as they happen, as well as giving guidance when required. Amanda Fintan Photography has a range of packages to suit all budgets. Packages include an album, enlargements and a USB with printable, high resolution images.

Amanda Fintan Photography specialises in weddings and special events as well as maternity and babies, and kids and family portraiture. She is also available for corporate photography.

Amanda is based in Canberra, ACT. She has a portable studio which can be set up in your home, or she can simply meet you at any of the wonderful locations around Canberra.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Artforme Letterpress Studio

Give your wedding stationery a distinctive look and feel with the hand-crafted quality of letterpress printing. Located in Canberra, Artforme Letterpress Studio creates distinctive letterpress printing for your wedding stationery.

If you are looking for friendly advice on your design, wording and choice of paper, Artforme Letterpress Studio can help you. You will love their letterpress printing – it has its own unique style and character all its own.

Letterpress printing is a perfect choice to add that special touch to your engagement invites, save the date cards, wedding invitations or thank you cards.

Artforme Letterpress Studio can help you with: 
  • Elegant matching stationery 
  • Stylish printing for special events such as weddings, engagements, birthdays or other celebrations 
  • Desirable stationery for social occasions 
  • Attractive promotional, point of sale and direct marketing pieces 
  • Unique greeting cards 
Visit Artforme Letterpress Studio, or browse exciting examples of beautiful invitations on the Artforme Facebook page.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Temptations For All Occasions...

Give in to temptation with The Sweetest Sin's range of delicious cakes, cupcakes and all things sweet!

The Sweetest Sin team are focused on providing high-quality service and customer satisfaction – doing everything they can, to meet your expectations. With a variety of offerings to choose from cakes, cupcakes, cookies, or other delicious sweets, with lots of flavours to satisfy those taste buds, we’re sure you’ll be happy working with them. 

Your imagination is your only limitation. Located in Macquarie, ACT – The Sweetest Sin are fabulous artists in cake making and decorating, and will be able to help you achieve the wedding cake you've always dreamed of!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Emily Davidson Photography

Emily Davidson's wedding photography style is clean, stylish and classic. There really is nothing more beautiful than a wedding – the laughter, the tears, the love... Emily wants to be there to capture it all. She enjoys giving couples timeless, romantic photos to look back on for years to come.

As the primary agency photographer for Victoria's Models, Emily photographs model portfolios using the warmth of natural light in outdoor locations to capture people at their best, while still remaining a true representation of the individual.

She loves combining her passion for travel and the outdoors with photography. Emily's wildlife and landscape photographs are regularly exhibited in Canberra galleries, and have been published in magazines such as Better Digital Camera.

Emily Davidson is a a fully qualified photographer, having gained a Bachelor of Design (Photography) Degree at the Canberra Institute of Technology. She is also an Emerging Member of the AIPP.

Testimonial from a previous client: ''The photos turned up today and we absolutely love them! You are so amazing! It was great fun reliving everything.'' – Catherine and Matt Jones.

To view her stunning portfolio, visit Emily Davidson Photography.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

L'amour Stationery

Let L'amour Stationery help you create the most beautiful invitations that will reflect your theme and personality for your special day.

This is the one time you can justify spending time on every detail of your day, so enjoy every moment of it!

View L'amour Stationery's gorgeous range of specialty papers, cards, envelopes, wallets, pockets, bling, buckles, ribbons and tassels.

Offered services:
* DIY – for the creative, crafty bride. You can select everything you need from the shelves in store and ‘do it yourself’ at home

* ASSISTED DIY – L'amour can assist you with your design and material selection and include a 1 hour workshop to show you how to put your invitations together

* FULL PACKAGE – for the time poor bride, L'amour can offer the full package of design, printing and assembly

A comment from a happy customer... "At the beginning I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on the wedding invitations but after seeing your options, I just had to spend a little more and give my wedding an extra sparkle. I was afraid that the guests would just throw them out but at the wedding everyone was saying how they kept the invitations because they were too beautiful to throw away. Thank you for your ideas and advice." Vicky October, 2011.

Visit L'amour Stationery.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Hellenic Club

Hellenic Premium Catering offers five different venues ensuring the perfect location for your wedding reception; The Hellenic Club Woden, Hellenic Club in the City, Australian National Botanical Gardens, Gold Creek Station and Gallagher’s Winery.

Hellenic Premium Catering provides exceptional food quality, while the team of trained professionals provide the highest standard of service. Hellenic Premium Catering can assist and advise on every aspect of your wedding reception. Whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding for 40 guests or a grand reception for 600, they can provide the perfect venue and the ideal package for this important celebration.

Visit The Hellenic Club or call the Functions Department direct on (02) 6162 6624.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sapphire Coast Limousine Service

Enjoy your travel in lush style with Sapphire Coast Limousine Service, who strive to provide the best possible service by combining comfort, reliability and safety with luxury transportation.  They operate the most luxurious, state-of-the-art limousines to ensure that your Sapphire Coast Limousine Service experience kicks off your special occasion in lush style.

Based in Merimbula on the NSW Far South Coast, Sapphire Coast Limousine Service has been providing chauffeured limousines for several years offering the following;
  • Weddings
  • Corporate needs
  • Parties - Formals - Debutante Balls
  • Airport transfers from Merimbula
  • Transfers to hospitals from the coast to Canberra
  • Winery and club tours
  • Nights out for fun
Covering Eden to Cooma and Canberra, up to Batemans Bay and the coast back to Malacoota,  Sapphire Coast Limousine Service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year round.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Henry Roth's Bridal Tour of Australia Heads To Canberra!

Media personality and bridal fashion designer, Henry Roth, will visit Canberra on his Australian road show next week (15th-16th Aug).

Henry is just off the plane from New York City, where he’s now based, to film the next series of Channel 7’s Beauty & the Geek. He plays the role of the makeover man on the show!

He will be in Canberra, and then several other cities around Australia, to showcase his latest bridal collection and to perform a series of top to toe one-on-one consultations with Australian brides.

"We're not just about gorgeous gowns, we are about amazing experiences and the scene behind the seams," said Roth.

Apart from meeting brides and helping them find their dream dress, Henry Roth will also be providing consultation on everything from hair, makeup and jewellery to gown measurement verification, silhouette and best shape advice. He will also be offering advice with regards to what bridesmaids gowns will work best once the bride has decided on her gown, with a palette of over 60 mouth watering fashion forward colours.

Meet and consult with designer Henry Roth exclusively in Canberra at White Doves Bridal and Formal Wear. Please call 02 6239 2663 today to book your appointment.

Canberra - 15th & 16th August
White Doves Boutique
107 Wollongong Street

Visit White Doves Bridal & Formal Wear

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Beaded Bouqet

If you are after a truly one of a kind wedding bouquet, The Beaded Bouquet can create it for you. Every bouquet is lovingly crafted by artistic designer, Joan, using only the finest materials. From Swarovski crystals to Czech glass to stunning fresh water pearls, The Beaded Bouquet's intricate details will make your wedding day bouquet shine.

The Beaded Bouquet can also create a matching range of accessories for the bride, or even the whole bridal party. With buttonholes, corsages and embellishments for anything from the dress to the bridesmaids hair.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Floral Decorated Cakes From Sugar and Slice Cakes

Weddings are all about romance, and there’s nothing more romantic than flowers. Floral decorated cakes are not only timeless but you can go as subtle or dramatic as you want. Whether you're using paper flowers, sugar flowers, or real blooms flowers always say 'wedding'. Here are some stunning floral wedding cakes from Sugar and Slice Cakes… 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Invitations by Melita

A beautiful invitation is the first impression that your guests receive regarding your wedding, and sets the tone for the entire celebration. 

Many brides are interested in designing and creating the invitations, however, you may appreciate some professional assistance. Invitations by Melita will help you put together an elegant invitation. You may choose to make them yourself, have us print for you, or let us provide you with a full assembly service, leaving you with nothing to do but post your invitations. Your beautiful invitation becomes a keepsake for your guests. 

Brides may choose to co-ordinate the invitations with the colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses or the theme of the wedding, or stick to neutral colours and keep your guests guessing! Melita assists brides in designing and creating professional, attractive invitations and offers brides complimentary invitation lessons and the use of a guillotine and perforator, at no charge. Invitations by Melita has a huge range of invitational papers, transparencies, envelopes, pre-cut cards and designs to create something truly unique for every couple. 

Of course, Melita can help you with a full suite of wedding stationery; from Save the date cards, to invitations, order of service covers, place cards, menus, table placement charts, and thank you cards. Invitations by Melita, also has an impressive range of ribbon, wedding planning books, guest books, wedding albums and bomboniere containers. 

To ensure that you receive the best possible service, it’s advisable to make an appointment with Melita, Tuesday to Friday. The store is open on Tuesday’s 10-3; Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 10-5. You won’t need an appointment for Saturday. Pop in to view the range of papers and to see some of the designs that we have on display. Invitations by Melita is open Saturday’s 9am to 12noon for a “drop in” morning. 

Invitations by Melita specialty:
• Design assistance
• In-store customer service
• Flexibility for you to do as much or as little as you like: DIY, print and guillotine, or have Invitations by Melita provide a full invitation making service
• Free lessons
• A passion for paper - Melita knows where all of her papers are made (some from the oldest paper mill in the world - in England, some in Switzerland, some from Asia, some Australian made)
• Complimentary use of a guillotine and perforator - take it home for the weekend and have friends around to help you to make your invites
• Bespoke invitations - an invitation that is unique to each couple
• Teach you how to get the best from your own printer
• Huge range of papers, card and envelopes
• Huge range of transparencies
• Huge range of paper fasteners, stickers, buckles and glues. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hellenic Club

The Hellenic Club of Canberra prides itself on creating the perfect wedding reception.
Their mantra is: “bring us your vision and we will deliver a unique experience of the highest quality.”

Hellenic Club offers a wide variety of packages which include cocktail options, buffet and plated meals. The extensive menu caters for all dietary requirements and budgets. The Hellenic Premium Catering, offers you premium packages with truly spectacular food and world-class wines. If a package is not what you are looking for, they are happy to discuss and tailor an event to suit your special day.

For your reception, everything and anything is achievable and the experienced, professional and friendly  wedding co-ordinators and team are on hand to answer all your questions, requests and concerns.

Hellenic Club will be with you every step of the way to ensure your wedding day is an enjoyable and memorable occasion. Whether you are planning a small, intimate wedding for 40 guests or a grand reception for 600 guests, the Hellenic Club of Canberra and the Hellenic Club in the City can accommodate your individual requirements, budgets, styles and themes.

The Hellenic Club pride themselves on creating the perfect wedding reception. Share your dreams with the Hellenic Club and they will make it happen. Contact the wedding co-ordinators to book your wedding reception.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rockstars and Royalty

British designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan launched Rockstars and Royalty in Canberra in 2008, much to the delight of many Australian brides. With over 12 years’ experience designing and making gowns and corsets in the UK, Vicky specialises in Victorian corsetry which she incorporates into her elaborate, one-off designs to produce breathtaking gowns that make every bride feel like royalty.

Whether you’re after classic ivory or bold colour, red carpet glamour or rock star extravagance, Vicky uses her expertise to design a gown that reflects your personality and is uniquely yours. Having a Rockstars and Royalty gown made is a true couture experience, with every gown designed, cut, sewn, fitted and hand-finished by Vicky in her Canberra studio.

Vicky also designs and creates fascinators, tiaras, jewellery and accessories as the perfect finishing touch to your gown.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Raiders Belconnen Club

Whether it’s a small intimate gathering, or an extravagant affair, Raiders Belconnen Club's friendly and experienced team will provide you with specialised service and advice, as well as tailor make your day to meet your specific needs and budget.

The function facilities at Raiders Belconnen Club are purpose built to cater for any sized wedding. The club's objective is to understand their customers’ needs and to consistently provide outstanding service that is delivered with passion and excellence.
The food and beverage packages are flexible making Raiders Belconnen Club ideal for all functions. There’s no function too small or too large (cater for groups up to 300). The staff are more than happy to add that ‘special touch’. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate at Raiders Belconnen Club

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Shot Above the Rest

“Today I stand here with the one who I laugh with, cry with, grow with and  smile with, today i marry my best friend...” Melissa Flanagan (Dixon) from A Shot Above The Rest, will ensure that this memory and the hundreds that will follow of your day will be captured effortlessly, and timelessly for you and your family to cherish for decades to come.  

Wedding photography should be chosen by professionalism; images that captivate you, images that inspire and make you stop and smile. Place your day in the experienced and qualified hands of A Shot Above The Rest, and you will have images that are not only creative and stunning, but will also be long admired and adored long after the wedding. 

Some of the testimonials from A Shot Above The Rest's happy newlyweds…

"After searching high and low for the *perfect photographer* for our big day, we found Melissa.  Her images are beautiful, natural and grab the special moments.  She was truly a joy to have on the day, she provided support to both of us and took charge when she needed to.  The photos look great, exactly what we wanted and captured the pure happiness of our day.  Melissa also did a one hour engagement session with us, again the photos are stunning, casual, relaxed and beautiful." – Jenny & Justin2011, Canberra.

“Oh my gosh, what amazing photos! They are beautiful, we both love them and can't wait to see the rest of them when we get home. We have had an amazing few days, Saturday was so special and we wouldn't change a thing, was perfect! Thank you so much for sharing the day with us and capturing these special moments, simply stunning and I love your creativity. You made it so easy for us on the day.” – Karla & John April 2012, Canberra. 

Discuss what you would like and let A Shot Above The Rest tailor a package that is exactly what you require with images that you will love. After hours and weekend appointments are available with Melissa upon request as she works when her clients don’t.

Simply mention The Brides Diary blog to receive 5% off your package!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sweet Petite's Delicious Cupcakes!

We came across these delicious cupcakes on Sweet Petite's Facebook and they look oh so delicious!

Toffee Crunch Cupcake - rich chocolate coffee cake with a nutty pecan and toffee top best.

Chocolate Caramel Cupcake with Peanut Buttercup - big favourite amongst the chocolate lovers, this one also has a choc fudge frosting with chewy caramel pieces.


Strawberry and White Chocolate Cupcake - this one smells so lovely you will float to cake heaven.